Gardening for Birds, Butterflies, and Bees

Everything you need to Know to Create a wildlife Habitat in your Backyard
Author: Editors at Birds and Blooms Magazine
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1621453049
Category: Gardening
Page: 288
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Whether you’re installing a new garden bed or trying to attract orioles for the first time, it helps to start with the right information. And here it is! In this book, experts and readers from North America's #1 Bird and Garden Magazine, Birds & Blooms, give their tried-and-true advice. Attracting birds and butterflies has never been simpler—plus you’ll get the latest tips and advice for supporting the dwindling bee population, which experts say is essential for the future of gardening. Inside this book, you’ll find irresistible plants for birds, butterflies, and bees, creative garden designs for year-round beauty, and our top plant lists to take the guesswork out of gardening. No matter what the subject, everyone wants advice they can trust. This is certainly the case when it comes to the backyard. Whether you’re installing a new garden bed or trying to attract orioles for the first time, it helps to start with the right information. And here it is! Birds, butterflies and bees rely on plants, trees and shrubs to survive and thrive. That’s why doing your part for the environment by establishing critter-friendly areas in your own backyard is so crucial. Chances are, your garden is already a welcoming space for all kinds of nature, but with a little extra research and planning, you can take your gardening a couple steps further and transform your yard into a healthier and happier sanctuary for birds, butterflies and bees. This book, brought to you by the editors of Birds & Blooms magazine, can serve as your guide to attracting new visitors to your landscape. Birds & Blooms has helped lead the trend we like to call “gardening with a purpose” for over 20 years. We’ve always recognized the importance of going beyond just the beauty of a garden, and purposefully choosing flowers, trees and shrubs specifically for their environmental benefits. Birds count on healthy trees and plants as natural food sources and nesting sites. Butterflies need nectar-rich blooms for nourishment. Very specific host plants are key to caterpillar survival. And as bee populations decline, flowers that provide nectar and pollen are more essential than ever. Each of these creatures requires natural shelter as well, which trees and shrubs readily provide. If you’re ready to commit to sharing your garden with all sorts of nature, sit down with this book and let us help you create a successful space. All of the 250+ featured plants are not only gorgeous and colorful, but they offer a lot of environmental benefits, too. We made sure to include amazing photos of every plant we’re recommending, so you’ll be able to see what each plant looks like and immediately know if it’s a good fit for your garden. We even went a step further and put together some handy symbols to help you achieve the wildlife-friendly backyard of your dreams. Look for the symbols next to each plant profile to discover what the plant will attract. (Some plants are a triple whammy and attract birds, butterflies and bees!) For extra guidance, check the light-requirement symbols. You’ll be able to quickly see if a plant should be grown in shade, part-shade or full sun—vital info you need to know to create a great habitat. Once you’ve established a flourishing backyard, be sure to enjoy your new guests. Throughout this book, we’ve highlighted about 70 bird species and 35 butterfly species you might see in your space. Have fun identifying all of the birds, butterflies and bees in your own backyard! CONTENTS Introduction Chapter 1 Creating a Wildlife-Friendly Backyard Chapter 2 Annuals Chapter 3 Perennials Chapter 4 Grasses and Vines Chapter 5 Trees and Shrubs Chapter 6 Backyard Bird Profiles Chapter 7 Backyard Butterfly Profiles Chapter 8 Frequently Asked Questions Chapter 9 Backyard Projects and Resources Index

Gardening for the Birds

How to Create a Bird-friendly Backyard
Author: George Martin Adams
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 1604694092
Category: Gardening
Page: 444
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Demonstrates how to arrange native plants to mimic natural ecosystems that attract and provide for birds, outlining extensive seasonal bloom and fruiting charts while offering close-up profiles of a variety of North American bird species. Original.

Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Backyard

Watch Your Garden Come Alive With Beauty on the Wing
Author: Sally Roth
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 9780875968889
Category: Gardening
Page: 304
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Explains how to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the backyard garden by creating an ideal habitat and provides a field guide to the sixteen hummingbird species and seventy-five common butterfly species that make North America their home.

The Humane Gardener

Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife
Author: Nancy Lawson
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1616896175
Category: Gardening
Page: 224
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In this eloquent plea for compassion and respect for all species, journalist and gardener Nancy Lawson describes why and how to welcome wildlife to our backyards. Through engaging anecdotes and inspired advice, profiles of home gardeners throughout the country, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists, Lawson applies the broader lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces. Detailed chapters address planting for wildlife by choosing native species; providing habitats that shelter baby animals, as well as birds, bees, and butterflies; creating safe zones in the garden; cohabiting with creatures often regarded as pests; letting nature be your garden designer; and encouraging natural processes and evolution in the garden. The Humane Gardener fills a unique niche in describing simple principles for both attracting wildlife and peacefully resolving conflicts with all the creatures that share our world.

The California Wildlife Habitat Garden

How to Attract Bees, Butterflies, Birds, and Other Animals
Author: Nancy Bauer
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520267818
Category: Gardening
Page: 248
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Explains how to transform backyard gardens into living ecosystems that are not only enjoyable retreats for humans, but also sanctuaries for wildlife.

The National Wildlife Federation's Guide to Gardening for Wildlife

How to Create a Beautiful Backyard Habitat for Birds, Butterflies, and Other Wildlife
Author: Craig Tufts,H. Peter Loewer
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Gardening
Page: 192
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Offering tips and techniques for providing a gardening style that attracts wildlife, a guide lets readers match garden types to their own yards and customize the landscape for their favorite kinds of animals, birds, and butterflies.

Touch a Butterfly

Wildlife Gardening with Kids
Author: April Pulley Sayre
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 1590309170
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 207
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Explains how to plant and maintain a wildlife garden that will provide a natural habitat for a variety of small creatures, while enriching children's relationship with nature.

Wildlife in Your Garden

Planting and Landscaping to Create a Backyard Sanctuary
Author: Karen Lanier
Publisher: Lumina Media
ISBN: 1620082578
Category: Gardening
Page: 240
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Imagine a thriving garden in your backyard, bursting with vibrantly colored blooms and lush green leaves, shaded by tall trees. Now imagine the same garden, alive with buzzing and flapping and chirping and croaking. Imagine the ecological impact of encouraging natural pollinators. Imagine the excitement of watching your garden become a hub of activity and learning about all of its different visitors. For those who relish observing nature in action, planning a garden to attract certain types of wildlife can bring daily enjoyment right into the backyard. Inside Wildlife in Your Garden: How to deal with and even appreciate the insects in your garden Reptile and amphibian backyard visitors and how they can contribute to a healthy ecosystem “Birdscaping”—planning and planting with birds in mind A special section on hummingbirds that includes an illustrated guide to twelve common types Using binoculars and field guides to identify birds by sight and by calls Different types of pollination and the plants and food crops that depend on it Butterfly metamorphosis and gardening for the different life stages How bats and moths take over pollination duties at night Learning to coexist with four-legged furry friends who like to dig and forage Natural ways to protect your garden from pests and discourage harmful wildlife

Pollinator Friendly Gardening

Gardening for Bees, Butterflies, and Other Pollinators
Author: Rhonda Fleming Hayes
Publisher: Voyageur Press
ISBN: 1627888470
Category: Gardening
Page: 176
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Want to do your part in helping your local pollinators flourish? Pollinator Friendly Gardening makes it easy. Are you interested in growing a naturally healthy garden? How about making sure your local environment helps bees, butterflies, and birds survive and thrive? If you are a beekeeper, are you looking for the ideal plants to keep your colony happy? Pollinators such as monarch butterflies and bees are under threat, and more and more gardeners want to do all they can to create a hospitable space for them. That's where Pollinator Friendly Gardening comes in. It identifies the most visible and beloved pollinators: bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, as well as some more unlikely candidates such as ants, wasps, and beetles. It then explains the intriguing synergy between plants and pollinators. This vital information makes it a unique sourcebook to share the ways that anyone can make a yard a more friendly place for pollinators. Plant selection, hardscape choices, habitat building (both natural and manmade), and growing practices that give pollinators their best chance in the garden are all covered in detail. Plant lists organized by category, helpful tips, and expert spotlights make it a fun and easy book to read too.

Gardening for Butterflies

How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful, Beneficial Insects
Author: The Xerces Society
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 160469761X
Category: Gardening
Page: 288
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Library Journal Starred Review Welcome the world’s most exquisite visitors to your garden! Gardening for Butterflies, by the experts at the Xerces Society, introduces you to a variety of colorful garden guests who need our help, and shows you how to design a habitat where they will thrive. This optimistic call to arms is packed with everything you need to create a beautiful, beneficial, butterfly-filled garden. Gardeners will learn why butterflies matter, why they are in danger, and what simple steps we can take to make a difference. You'll learn how to choose the right plants, how to design a butterfly-friendly garden, and how to create a garden that flutters and flourishes with life.

Birds, Bees and Butterfiles

Bringing Nature Into Your Yard and Garden
Author: Nancy J. Hajeski
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 1426217412
Category: Animal-plant relationships
Page: 300
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"Generously illustrated and full of practical information, this approachable reference covers the wide world of birds, butterflies, and pollinating insects, including honeybees, and how to bring them into a yard and garden...What types of bird feed attract your favorite birds? Which flowers will bring the most butterflies into your backyard? What can you plant to promote the health of the beleaguered honeybee? All these questions and more will be answered amply in this beautiful gift book."--

Butterfly Gardening

The North American Butterfly Association Guide
Author: Jane Hurwitz
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400889367
Category: Gardening
Page: 288
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An indispensable and lavishly illustrated guide to creating a garden that attracts and sustains butterflies Butterfly gardening creates habitats that support butterflies, connecting us with some of the most beautiful creatures in the natural world and bringing new levels of excitement and joy to gardening. In this engaging and accessible guide, lavishly illustrated with more than two hundred color photographs and maps, accomplished butterfly gardener Jane Hurwitz presents essential information on how to choose and cultivate plants that will attract a range of butterflies to your garden and help sustain all the stages of their life cycles. An indispensable resource for aspiring and experienced butterfly gardeners alike, Butterfly Gardening is the most gardener-friendly source on the subject, covering all the practical details needed to create a vibrant garden habitat that fosters butterflies. It tells you which plants support which butterflies, depending on where you live; it describes what different butterflies require in the garden over the course of their lives; and it shows you how to become a butterfly watcher as well as a butterfly gardener. While predominantly recommending regionally native plants, the book includes information on non-native plants. It also features informative interviews with experienced butterfly gardeners from across the United States. These gardeners share a wealth of information on plants and practices to draw butterflies to all kinds of gardens--from small suburban gardens to community plots and larger expanses. Whether you are a gardener who wants to see more butterflies in your garden, a butterfly enthusiast who wants to bring that passion to the garden, or someone who simply wants to make their garden or yard friendlier to Monarchs or other butterflies, this is a must-have guide. An essential guide for aspiring and experienced butterfly gardeners Encourages readers to rethink gardening choices to support butterflies and other pollinators in their gardens and communities Introduces gardeners to butterfly watching Includes regional lists of plant species that are time-proven to help sustain butterflies and their caterpillars Features informative interviews with expert butterfly gardeners from across the United States

Garden Secrets for Attracting Birds

A Bird-by-Bird Guide to Favored Plants
Author: Rachael Lanicci
Publisher: Creative Homeowner
ISBN: 158011637X
Category: House & Home
Page: 160
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Garden Secrets for Attracting Birds provides information that readers can use to turn their yards and gardens into a mecca for birds. The book details the habits and tendencies of many popular North American birds and shows the plants and trees that attract specific species. Readers will find a combination of photography and beautifully rendered color illustrations depicting each type of bird.

Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife


Author: David Mizejewski
Publisher: Creative Homeowner
ISBN: 9781580111508
Category: Gardening
Page: 127
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Complemented by more than two hundred full-color illustrations and photographs, this practical guide to environmentally friendly landscape design explains how to create a backyard garden that will attract a wide range of wildlife, including butterflies, birds, and amphibians, and provides detailed instructions for a variety of habitat-inducing projects, tips on using native plants, and more. Original.

Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants

How to Attract and Identify Butterflies
Author: Christopher Kline
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1632209306
Category: Gardening
Page: 144
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Butterfly expert Christopher Kline provides an easy-to-read introduction to the topic in Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants, a how-to guide covering butterfly gardening basics, garden designs, common butterflies in the garden, native nectar, guide to host plants, and sources for native plants. Included are over 150 color photographs as well as several detailed illustrations on garden layout. With this guide, it is easy to choose plants to attract specific species of butterflies, and Kline provides a photo guide for identifying butterflies as well. On every page there is a basic timeline to indicate the best season for both plants and butterfly sightings. Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants is more than just a collection of pretty pictures. This book takes readers into the world of gardening from a butterfly’s perspective. As available habitats continually decrease for butterflies, the use of native plants in the home landscape becomes more critical. This book will walk you through the process of using native plants to attract butterflies to your home landscape. Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants is a must-have for those who love butterflies and want to attract them to their property.

100 Plants to Feed the Bees

Provide a Healthy Habitat to Help Pollinators Thrive
Author: The Xerces Society
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1612127029
Category: Nature
Page: 240
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The international bee crisis is threatening our global food supply, but this user-friendly field guide shows what you can do to help protect our pollinators. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation offers browsable profiles of 100 common flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees that support bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. The recommendations are simple: pick the right plants for pollinators, protect them from pesticides, and provide abundant blooms throughout the growing season by mixing perennials with herbs and annuals! 100 Plants to Feed the Bees will empower homeowners, landscapers, apartment dwellers — anyone with a scrap of yard or a window box — to protect our pollinators.

Create Your Own Backyard Wildlife Habitat


Author: Doris Dumrauf
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780997676709
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
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Explore the fascinating lives of back yard wildlife through vivid photographs and engaging stories, told from the point of view of the animals. Learn how you can attract birds, insects, and other creatures to your yard by providing the essentials: food, water, shelter, and a place to raise the next generation.

The Wildlife Gardener


Author: Kate Bradbury
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781526712899
Category: Gardening to attract wildlife
Page: 111
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The Wildlife Gardner is a book which helps you to create wildlife habitats in your very own garden, and is very handily split into sections on shelter, food and water. Kate gives advice on the best nectar and pollen plants to grow, dos and don'ts of bird feeding and organic methods of pest control. There are also 10 step-by-step projects that will help encourage wildlife into your garden, such as: creating a bumblebee nester, making a green roof and building a hedgehog box. With step-by-step pictures to help you follow the instructions, these homely creations are all achievable in a weekend and are suitable for even the smallest gardens. Also included is a mini field guide, which will help you to identify the birds and other creatures that you are likely to spot in your garden. Kate gives tips on particular species, explaining what to look out for and how to cater for specific birds, mammals, bees, butterflies, moths and pond life. The Wildlife Gardener is a passionately written, practical book that is essential reading for those who would like to make homes for wildlife in their garden.

RSPB Gardening for Wildlife

A Complete Guide to Nature-friendly Gardening
Author: Adrian Thomas
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408122308
Category: Gardening
Page: 240
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How to be wildlife and nature friendly no matter what type of garden you have.

The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds

Creating Natural Habitats for Properties Large and Small
Author: Stephen W. Kress
Publisher: Comstock Pub Assoc
ISBN: 9780801488641
Category: Gardening
Page: 466
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A practical, comprehensive, and thoroughly illustrated guide to attracting birds to any property.